- Hold down one of these key combinations on your keyboard immediately after pressing the power button to turn on your Mac, or immediately after your Mac begins to restart:
- Command-S: single-user mode
- Command-V: verbose mode
- Continue holding the keys until you see white text on the screen.
- You can now enter UNIX commands. To exit this mode and start up normally, type
reboot, then press Return.
When in single-user mode, the keyboard layout is U.S. English.
Start up your Mac in single-user mode or verbose mode
If you're an advanced user who is comfortable with UNIX, you can use single-user mode or verbose mode to help isolate issues related to startup.